The Montaukett tribe is fighting for recognition by New York state, even though a century ago, a judge ruled the tribe was extinct.
The Montauk Indian Nation is taking action, issuing membership cards and trying to locate members of the tribe nationwide. They’re pushing harder for recognition in the wake of the Shinnecock tribe’s recent federal recognition after an arduous 30 year fight.
The Montaukett are still recognized in textbooks as a factor in Long Island’s development, but the tribe says being listed as defunct is an injustice. It is an injustice that as an honorable people, Montauketts are now seeking to rectify. They’re aware that recognition doesn’t carry many monetary benefits, but they have their eyes set on their land – 1,200 acres which now contains Roosevelt Park. They say they would settle for a smaller number of acres, though.
Another main thing on the litany of complaints from the Montaukett tribe is the fact that they have no legal standing. Currently, the tribe has about 870 consolidated members known by tribe leaders and have filed a petition with the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs for federal recognition. They have taken their fight to the government and are now focusing on state recognition.
For more on this ongoing story, visit http://libn.com/blog/2010/10/22/montaukett-pushing-for-state-recognition/